A new project, which will see 11 vacant shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into interim/temporary spaces – most of which are for the creative industries – was launched 26th June.
The Meanwhile Space project aims to increase the vitality of areas by generating footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The initiative, one of 26 exciting projects planned as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and Glasgow City Council. It is also part of the Council’s Space for Growth strategy, which will see several long term vacant shop units transformed into temporary creative spaces.
The initiative, which has already seen success in London and Paris, is part of the HSAS plans to revitalise the area, helping to develop creative organisations and creating jobs while also supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow. Moreover, making units will help to support and grow a thriving local community.
WASPS, a non-profit studio provider for creative artists, launched the project. WASPS have five units in St Andrews Street, all being utilised by a variety of creative artists, hoping to add something unique to the area.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The High Street and Saltmarket area is the historic heart of our great city. With its rich heritage, resonance with Glaswegians and proximity to the city centre, it has so much potential – but has been neglected for far too long. Meanwhile Space is a fantastic opportunity not merely to breathe new life into the area but to help nurture one of Glasgow’s key sectors – the creative industries. The flourishing galleries and creative spaces in adjoining streets show what can be achieved.
Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of WASPS, said: “WASPS is delighted to be taking on five units as part of the Meanwhile Space project. This initiative offers something that doesn’t already exist in the city – a transition space in which we can support creative people to move from an artist studio into a more public-facing shopfront, ultimately allowing them to develop a sustainable business and contribute to Glasgow’s economy long term”.
Ongoing updates on the project will appear on the city centre strategy website.